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Allyship in Action makes the following evolving acknowledgements to recognize the power, joy, and brilliance of Indigenous and Black people whose legacies shape this place we call home.
Our company was formed by people not indigenous to this place, on land adjacent to the Warm Springs Nation. By way of colonialism and white supremacy in our community and country, we have unjustly benefited from forceful displacement of and acts of genocide against the people who are native to this place. Through continual learning and unlearning, we aim to honor the histories of those whose land our work and lives unfold upon, in the indigenous territory of:
The Warm Springs bands, Wasco bands, and Northern Paiutes: In 1855, the Warm Springs and Wasco bands was forced to relinquish 10 million acres of land to the U.S. government, but reserved the Warm Springs Reservation for their exclusive use and kept their rights to harvest fish, game, and other foods in their traditional places. The settlement of the Paiutes on the Warm Springs Reservation began in 1879 when 38 Paiutes moved to Warm Springs from the Yakama Reservation. They were originally forced to the Yakama Reservation because they joined the Bannocks in a war against the U.S. army. Their descendants are members of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs today.
The Wadatika band of the Northern Paiutes: The Wadatika band of the Northern Paiutes maintain aboriginal title to much of their territory because their ancestors resisted encroachment of settlers and refused to cede their lands. In 1869, the U.S. government set aside 1.8 million acres of land for the Malheur Reservation, but the Bannock War forced the Wadatika band of the Northern Paiutes out of the Harney Valley. When they returned, they were left landless because the U.S. government took the Malheur Reservation back. A makeshift tribal encampment was established outside present day Burns. Their descendants are members of the Burns Paiute Tribe today.
The 6 tribes of the Klamath, the Modoc, and the Yahooskin-Paiute band: After decades of hostilities with the invaders, the Klamath Tribes were forced to cede more than 23 million acres of land in 1864 which began their reservation era. By the 1950s the Klamath Tribes were one of the wealthiest tribes in the United States due to their tribal timber industry. In 1954, the Klamath Tribes were terminated from federal recognition by an act of congress and the federal government stole 1.8 million acres of reservation land. They were recognized again in 1986, but their land was not returned. Their descendants are members of the Klamath Tribes today.
Allyship in Action also acknowledges the Black and African labor that was forcefully extracted to build the prosperity of our country, and the intentional exclusion of Black people from that prosperity and from settling in Oregon and our community.
To honor the past and present, Allyship in Action engages in equity and social justice work from a collective liberation framework. The social injustices and inequities across our communities and people are inextricably connected, as are our triumphs and reparations on the path toward liberation. We believe that no one is free from our local community’s and country’s legacies of colonialism and white supremacy unless we are all free.
To that end, our company provides ongoing support for and donations to Indigenous and Black-led organizations, such as the Chúush fund, Warm Springs Community Action Team, Indigenous Helpers, Papalaxsimisha, Tananáwit, Indigenize, COCC First Nations Student Union, and The Father’s Group.
[Allyship in Action last updated this territory acknowledgment on August 31, 2022. It is an ever-changing acknowledgment as we engage in ongoing self-reflection, as we learn more, and as our relationship with local Indigenous communities grows and evolves. For guidance in creating your own indigenous territory acknowledgment, check out A Guide to Indigenous Land Acknowledgment by the Native Governance Center and A Perspective On Territory Acknowledgments by Jaylyn Suppah.]
Allyship in Action is a collaborative of Central Oregon consultants committed to engaging individuals, organizations, and communities to advance equity and social justice through customized education and long-range planning and support.
Because our collaborators are rooted in Central Oregon, they bring an intimate understanding of local needs and resources as well as the unique dynamics of rural Oregon. Our team includes people of diverse identities and lived experiences, enabling Allyship in Action to bring anti-racist and intersectional perspectives to issues of equity and social justice.
Our Team of Independent Consultants.
- Jaylyn Suppah
- Shenika Cumberbatch
- Marcus LeGrand
- Gordon Price
- Eduardo Romero
- Ashley Schahfer
- Nancy Stevens
- Dana Gulley
- Jamie Bowman
- Erin Rook
Allyship in Action has provided consulting and facilitation services to the following organizations:
- Bend 2030
- Bend Chamber of Commerce
- Boys & Girls Club of Bend
- Cascade Youth and Family Services
- Central Oregon Health Council
- Children’s Forest of Central Oregon
- City of Bend
- Crook County Behavioral Health
- Deschutes County District Attorneys’ Office
- Deschutes National Forest
- Deschutes Public Library
- High Desert Museum
- Hydro Flask
- Lora DiCarlo
- Mosaic Medical
- Ochoco National Forest
- Oregon Natural Desert Association
- Redmond Fire Department
- Restorative Justice & Equity
- Seed to Table
- Storydwelling Revillage
- The Environmental Center
- The Haven
- Upper Deschutes Watershed Council
- Visit Central Oregon
This is why we do what we do… straight from our training participants and clients to you:
- “Allyship in Action has been so amazing to work with! We came in with a pretty complex project and felt so supported through every step. I appreciate your willingness to get ‘in the weeds’ with us, especially through the Listening Session planning. It was great to have the combination of project management support, DEI expertise, and facilitation skills. What an amazing asset and resource to have in Central Oregon!”
- “Finally! A framework with smart and caring facilitators to MAKE THIS HAPPEN! [Our organization] will become so much more effective as we work through this lifelong process.”
- “This training seemed to meet me at the right point at where I am at in my journey. All of the content was really helpful for me. I just wish I could sit down with y’all more often!”
- “I hear a lot of things that I know I need to interrupt, but often don’t feel confident/comfortable actually doing so. Getting some tools, and having a chance to practice doing so, was really helpful!”
- “I am so appreciative of this group and the critical voice as Central Oregonians that you are lending and leading in this conversation.”
- “I was nervous, but learned something about myself that I didn’t realize and that I can work on!”
Starting Your Organization’s DEI Work.
- Urgently Looking for Anti-Racism Training for Your Company? Start Here. Medium.com (June 2020).
- So You’re Ready to Invest in DEI? Medium.com (July 2020).
- Don’t Do Unconscious Bias Training, Tidal Equality (July 2020). This resource is not accessible for a screen reader. Allyship in Action is advocating with the author to either provide an accessible version and/or permission to create our own text only version of their resource.
- To Avoid DEI Backlash, Focus on Changing Systems – Not People, Harvard Business Review (2022)
- Mapping Our Roles in Social Change Ecosystems, Deepa Iyer, Building Movement Project. SM, © 2020 Deepa Iyer. All rights reserved. All prior licenses revoked.
- The Relational Work of Systems Change, Stanford Social Innovation Review (2022)
- Making Discrimination and Harassment Complaint Systems Better, Center for Employment Equity, University of Massachusetts (2018)
- An Abridged History of BIPOC, LGBTQ+ People, and People with Disabilities in Oregon and Central Oregon (updated August 31, 2022, text only for screen readers).
- An Abridged History of Latinx and Immigrant Communities in Oregon and Central Oregon (updated August 2020, text only for screen readers).
- The Conscious Style Guide.
- Sum of Us Progressive Style Guide.
- Inclusive Language Guide.
- Systems Centered Language.
- Radical Copyeditor.
White Supremacy Culture.
- Tema Okun, White Supremacy Culture (May 2021).
- Why Do You Call It White Supremacy Culture? Can We Call It Something Else?. Showing Up For Racial Justice. This resource is not accessible for a screen reader. Allyship in Action is advocating with the author to either provide an accessible version and/or permission to create our own text only version of their resource.
- 20 Subtle Ways White Supremacy Manifests In Nonprofit and Philanthropy, Nonprofit AF (June 2021).
- The Bias of ‘Professionalism’ Standards, Stanford Social Innovation Review (June 2019). This resource is not accessible for a screen reader. Allyship in Action is advocating with the author to either provide an accessible version and/or permission to create our own text only version of their resource.
- Beyond the Board Statement: How Can Boards Join the Movement for Racial Justice? (Webinar Part One), Nonprofit Quarterly (June 2020).
- Beyond the Board Statement: How Can Boards Join the Movement for Racial Justice? (Webinar Part Two), Nonprofit Quarterly (July 2020).
- Transformational Capacity Building, Stanford Social Innovation Review (Fall 2020). This resource is not accessible for a screen reader. Allyship in Action is advocating with the author to either provide an accessible version and/or permission to create our own text only version of their resource.
- Use Informed Consent to Build Trust and Answer That Damn Demographics Survey on Grant Applications, Community Centric Fundraising (December 2021).
Equity Lens and Frameworks.
- Applying an Equity Lens to Policy Review, Minnesota State University. This resource is not accessible for a screen reader. Allyship in Action is advocating with the author to either provide an accessible version and/or permission to create our own text only version of their resource.
- Racial Equity Lens and Empowerment Tool, Portland Parks and Recreation (March 2021). This resource is not accessible for a screen reader. Allyship in Action is advocating with the author to either provide an accessible version and/or permission to create our own text only version of their resource.
- Equity and Inclusion Lens Guide, Nonprofit Association of Oregon (2019)
- Lens of Systemic Oppression, National Equity Project
- Equity and Inclusion Handbook, Oregon Humanities (2017)
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